Continuing to bolster its roster for the upcoming ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season, defending champion Alab Pilipinas has signed Filipino-American point guard Ethan Alvano.

The news was confirmed by Charlie Dy, one of the team’s owners, via a photo posted to his Instagram account.

Alvano, whose mother is from the Philippines, is a fresh graduate out of California State University San Marcos, an NCAA Division II school where he played the final two years of his collegiate eligibility. The 6’1” California native brings an extraordinary profile to the table.

Ethan played high school basketball in his hometown of Corona, California, where he won multiple individual honors that earned him an athletic scholarship offered by Eastern Michigan University, a Division I level school. He also played AAU ball with a Compton Magic team that has produced several NBA players such as Arron Afflalo, Jerryd Bayless and Allen Crabbe.

As a junior, Alvano transferred to CSUSM and immediately became the leading scorer for the Cougars, winning the CCAA Newcomer of the Year. He would then go on to have an even more impressive senior year, taking home the Conference Player of the Year award while averaging 20.5 points and just under six assists per game.

Alab has been busy loading up its frontcourt with talented Fil-Ams including former Chong Son Kung Fu standout Caelan Tiongson, UC Riverside alumni Brandon Rosser, and the returning Lawrence Domingo. Alvano’s presence will certainly reassure both fans and head coach Jimmy Alapag with the team now having an elite ball handler in case reigning local MVP Bobby Ray Parks leaves. Under the new ABL rules, Ethan as well as the mentioned trio of forwards will all be able to suit up as local players.